Trophy cases

Three area teams are Final Four-bound, including two from Tuscola.

A closer look at the group, courtesy prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner:


Noon Friday vs. Lena-Winslow

at O'Brien Field, Peoria

Bulletin Board: 8 selected to Shrine game

Eight from area in Shrine game

BLOOMINGTON — The 37-player East roster for the annual Shrine all-star high school football game features eight former area athletes.

N-G Athletes of the Week: Hedrick, Hoel

Athletes of the Week

Jamie Hedrick

Rantoul, Softball


Recently: Staff ace passed the 200-strikeout mark for the season, helping the Eagles win a regional championship with complete-game efforts against Centennial and Mahomet-Seymour. During the team's stretch run, her ERA is about 1.00.

N-G Teams of the Week

Teams of the Week



Eagles (19-18) trailed 2-0 after one inning and 5-2 going into the seventh against a Mahomet-Seymour team they had traded regular season wins against. Jada Walker, Kalista Lutes, Sarah Hunt and Grace Bjornbak scored in the late-game comeback that produced a Class 3A regional title.

Relaxed and happy works for Sementi

URBANA — Memorial Day was Flashback Monday for Tuscola softball coach Lenny Sementi.

The early arrivers to Eichelberger Field for a Class 1A super-sectional game didn't see the Warriors playing pitch and catch, fielding grounders or studying the extensive scouting report at their disposal.

They saw a group of teen-agers, clad in their uniforms, singing and dancing.

Spartans stay perfect, headed to Final Four

SENECA — St. Joseph-Ogden didn't require Elizabeth Everingham's record-setting power hitting in Monday's Class 2A super-sectional softball game. The Spartans did all the little things against Chicago Christian, scoring four runs on bunts en route to an 11-1 five-inning victory.

Softball Supersectional: Tuscola 2, Dwight 1

Tuscola beat Dwight 2-1 to win their Class A Supersectional game at Eichelberger field on UI campus in Urbana on Monday, May 28, 2012. 

Kroner: SJ-O's Immke overcomes illness with positive outlook

ST. JOSEPH — Abby Immke's name is prominent on the list of top contributors to St. Joseph-Ogden's top-ranked and unbeaten Class 2A softball team.

She drove in seven runs against Centennial, had three RBI against a 20-win Paxton-Buckley-Loda team, hit a grand slam against a 20-win Monticello team and also slugged a home run against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley's 20-win team.

Canfield, Spartans don't miss a beat

WATSEKA — Two weeks turned into three. Soon it was four. Then, five.

St. Joseph-Ogden's Stephanie Canfield sat out 12 midseason games during her senior year with a torn hamstring.

When she returned, Canfield still wasn't at full strength.

"She couldn't run at 100 percent the first couple weeks (back)," SJ-O coach Randy Wolken said.

Rantoul rallies to edge M-S

RANTOUL — Rich Thomas' words were prophetic.

"If we can get to the top of our order," the Rantoul softball assistant coach said before he settled into his spot in the first-base coach's box before the top of the seventh inning started with the Eagles trailing Mahomet-Seymour 5-2, "we're going to win this game."

He was right, and Rantoul won the game.